"Actors Talk August" presented by August Wilson HouseMonday, April 19, 2021 @ 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (75 minute run-time)
*please note 8:15 pm start time*
August Wilson House celebrates America’s greatest playwright with a new web series of substantial insider interviews called “Actors Talk August,” streaming on the first and third Monday of each month.
Featured are leading August Wilson actors and directors, national and regional, interviewed by Chris Rawson, veteran Pittsburgh Post-Gazette theater critic who chronicled Wilson’s career and came to know him well. The aim is to capture the memories, anecdotes and insights of those who know Wilson’s epic American Century Cycle from the inside and helped to bring it to life.
James Williams (aka Jay-Dub) has completed his own personal August Wilson American Century Cycle, with a small asterisk but also an 11th play, the early “Black Bart.” His credits include 16 roles in 28 productions, culminating in the Cycle’s final play, “Radio Golf,” in which Jay-Dub played Roosevelt from the 2005 premiere at Yale to its 2007 arrival on Broadway. The “Radio Golf” story is the climax of a deeply-felt interview.
Each previous edition can be viewed via the links below:
August Wilson House (AWH) is Wilson’s Hill District childhood home at 1727 Bedford Ave. It is being restored as an arts center that will promote his artistic and cultural legacy while nurturing the artists of the future. Although the restoration won’t be finished until 2022, AWH is already sponsoring a wide range of programs including the annual Hill District Block Party/Community Festival, backyard productions in collaboration with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater, AWH Fellowships in collaboration with Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, August in the Schools (debuting this fall), several oral history projects and other programs centering community engagement.